Adams to DL, Mini Mart DFA’d, JC Ramirez to Majors

mike-adamsThe Phillies announced a few moves today; one good, one bad, one who-knows.

Mike Adams was sent to the DL for the second time this season, this time with biceps tendinitis. When Adams signed for two years, $12 million, it was widely panned as one of the best moves of the offseason by any team. But that’s why you don’t play baseball on paper. It has been a disaster by Adams’ standards this season, posting the highest ERA of his career at 3.96. Perhaps he was never able to shake the injury from last season, and subsequent surgery this past offseason.

Many of you will be happy to know that Michael Martinez has been designated for assignment. Mini Mart tore it up in Lehigh Valley after his demotion, but is clearly a AAAA player. He has no role in the majors as he can’t do much of anything well.

JC Ramirez finally gets a shot at the major leagues, albeit under odd circumstances. He was one of the pieces of the Cliff Lee-to-Seattle trade. Many, including myself, believed Aumont was the prize of that deal, but he’s been unable to stick in the majors. Tyson Gillies is still toiling in the minors, so it’s down to Ramirez. The issue is his 6.53 ERA and 1.94 WHIP at Lehigh Valley. This is clearly a move to see what they have in Ramirez, because the numbers basically suggest he should be demoted, not promoted.

Let’s see what happens here.



  1. Manny

    June 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Can’t believe they finally DFA’d Mini-Mart!!!!


    But bringing up JC Ramirez?!? Huhhhh!?

    • hk

      June 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      They’ve DFA’d Martinez before. It doesn’t mean anything. No other team will claim him, so they’ll outright him to Lehigh Valley and call him up the next time they need him.

      As far as Ramirez being called up is concerned, it is pretty sad that this is the best a team with one of the top 5 (3?) payrolls in all of MLB can do. Maybe this is what you get when you set the bar so low on the GM. At least Rube’s hitting .300. Or is he?

      His off-season moves are (1) the Revere trade, (2) the M. Young trade, (3) signing D Young, (4) signing Durbin, (5) signing Adams, (6) signing Lannan and (7) non-tendering Schierholtz. I would say it’s too early to judge the Adams and Lannan signings, and the Revere trade has been a minor win. The other four have all turned out to be bad moves.

      • Manny

        June 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        Agree with you on everything except the M Young acquisition. I think he’s doing exactly what we could’ve expected from him… nothing great, a one-year filler. His defense hasn’t been as bad as we initially thought and his .285 avg is kinda in line with expectations…

        Not praising the move; but not thinking it was bad either.

      • hk

        June 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        IMO, .285 with very little power or speed and a ton of GIDP’s is not enough from a corner IF who cost the team their #15 prospect and $7.2M.

    • Delia

      June 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez struck out the side in order in the eighth in his major-league debut.

  2. Tom

    June 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

    The unmitigated disaster that is the 2013 Phils continues…SIGH!!!

  3. Jaron B

    June 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

    In his last ten appearances, JC Ramirez tore it up to a tune of 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. So, this promotion is not just “see what he has.”

    Mini-Mart is clearly AAAA, which we knew the year after his Rule 5 Year.

    Sad that the ‘pen is dealing with injuries. I really liked the potential we had there.

  4. Mike in NJ

    June 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    YAY Mini-Mart DFA’d!! Not sure why they just don’t outright release him, but whatever.

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